R.L. Allan Bibles


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evangelicalbible.com is the official U.S. distributor of the R.L. Allan Bible.  (to order scroll to the bottom and click on links)

We are proud to distribute the Allan Bible. Allan has a long standing reputation for high quality binding. Hand crafted, attention to detail, exceptional materials, durable, and beautiful are a few reasons to choose an Allan Bible.

Established in 1863, R.L. Allan is a family publishing business based in Glasgow, Scotland, which specializes in producing high quality editions of the best English language Bible translations. Allan's exclusive Bibles are printed in bold, black type on India paper by Oxford and Cambridge Universities and others, and bound in England by craftsmen using traditional methods. Today, in large part due to the "information highway" (i.e. internet) the secret is now "out of the bag." Allan Bibles are similar in quality to Cambridge Bibles, though printed in smaller batches by traditional craftsmen.

A quick note on why Allan Bibles are 'unique.'  There are a variety of reasons to choose an Allan Bible, many of which are documented here.  Highland Goatskin Allan Bibles are unique in that the binding skin is exactly what has been extracted from the goat. The grain on the Bible is in fact the grain of the beast. All other Bible grains have been manipulated in some capacity, usually by pressing the skin into a mold.  Thus, in some sense all other leather grain patterns are artificial. (Cambridge & Schuyler also have some 'true' bindings as well)   Highland Goatskin is 100% natural and therefore will sport unique and original markings. Even though Allan chooses the best skins, there will be markings on the binding that may represent a brief encounter with a barbed wire fence etc..Please note that this is in a sense proof of its authenticity and uniqueness-not a defect.  Thus one aspect of Allan's binding that is essentially unique, is its choice of natural grain goatskin in stead of a leather mold.  

We now have a page that helps customer become familiar with Allan Bibles:  The Allan Navigation Page.

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Glossary of Terms

A beautiful and very durable top-quality, natural grain leather. Strong yet supple, it is used for the finest bindings. Traditionally known as Morocco leather.
Calfskin leather
A traditional high-quality leather used in fine bindings. It is long-lasting and its suppleness increases with use. Cambridge calfskin bindings use only top-grain leather.
French Morocco leather
Leather taken from a split calfskin, slightly thinner than other grades and therefore flexible and soft even when new. A French Morocco binding offers high-quality real leather at an economical price.
Art-gilt edges
A decorative finish to the page edges in which a red dye and gilt foil combine to add richness and lustre to the finished volume.
Bible paper
Thicker than India paper, but still much thinner than common book papers.
Gilt edges
A decorative finishing style in which a gold-coloured metallic foil is applied to the edges of the pages after they have been cut and rubbed smooth. Silver foil is often applied to the page edges of volumes bound in white. See also art-gilt edges.
Gilt line
A plain gold line or 'frame' on the inside covers.
India paper
The paper traditionally used for the best quality Bibles. The name is now generally used for papers that weigh less than 30 grammes per square metre ('20lb' paper in the USA.)
Reference Edition
A Bible that includes cross-references to guide the reader to other parts of the Bible where similar subjects are treated. Footnotes also give variant readings of the text. Reference editions often include a concordance, maps and other study material.
Text Edition
A Bible in which the text only is provided, without cross-references.
Pronunciation marks
Some Bible texts incorporate a phonetic system for indicating the way difficult names should be pronounced, showing the vowel sounds and stressed syllables, as in a dictionary. These volumes are sometimes called 'self-pronouncing'.


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